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Hear Ashley Monroe’s Seductive New Song ‘Hands on You’

Smoky track about romantic regret is first release from Monroe’s upcoming LP ‘Sparrow’

Ashley Monroe offers the first taste of her highly anticipated new album, Sparrow, with the provocative “Hands on You,” a cut she co-wrote for the upcoming LP with veteran songwriter Jon Randall (“Whiskey Lullaby,” “Tin Man”). 

Punctuated by a thick, smoky groove, “Hands on You” finds Monroe regretting her actions – or, rather, inaction – in the face of a potential romantic encounter. “I wish I’d-a laid my hands on you, got you high in a motel room / a little secret for my soul, no one sees and no one knows, forbidden company,” she sings in the song’s second verse, which follows the opening verse involving a locked bathroom stall.

Sparrow, Monroe‘s third Warner Bros. album, follows Like a Rose and the Grammy-nominated The Blade, and pairs her with producer Dave Cobb for the first time. The album was recorded at RCA’s historic Studio A in Nashville while Monroe was pregnant with her first child. Dalton, her son with baseball-player husband John Danks, was born last August.

“I felt powerful,” Monroe says in a statement. “I
wasn’t puffing, I wasn’t drinking wine, I was just singing.” Cobb’s orchestral production and Monroe’s soul-baring vocals capture songs that Monroe says were jarred loose by recalling traumatic events from her childhood, including the death of her father when she was barely in her teens. “I was unpacking a lot of stuff,” she notes.
“I was singing, and identifying what it’s like to be left. No one told me
what I should do, back then, when the world started to crumble.”

A co-writer on all 12 of the tracks on Sparrow, the record is Monroe working through childhood turmoil and trauma. “To me this record is about acknowledging past hurt, forgiveness and freedom to move forward,” she says. 

Hands on You” is now available at all streaming services. Sparrow will be released on April 20th.

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